Billy Ray Taylor

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Billy Ray Taylor, 65, passed away Jan. 13, 2013.

Billy Ray was formerly of Birmingham, Ala. area (1947-1983), Ringgold, Ga. (1984-1991), Pinehurst, N.C. (1992-2008), and Dobson, N.C. (2008-2011). He was a 1990 graduate of Dalton College, Dalton Ga. – Business and a 1998 graduate of Sandhills Community College, Southern Pines, N.C. in Computer Science, Phi Theta Kappa. Billy Ray was a veteran of USAF Air National Guard (1966-72 – SSGT) aerial photo systems. A be-loved Christian, friend, husband, and father, Bill enjoyed computer programming, travel, cats, woodworking, bowling, gardening, Alabama foot-ball, hunting, and history. Bill never met a stranger, was quick to volunteer to help others, and always made us laugh. He had a heart of gold. Billy Ray attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Delray Beach, Fla., Dobson First Methodist Church, Dobson, N.C., and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Southern Pines, N.C.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Debra Honeycutt Taylor (born and raised in Stanley) of Boynton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Jessica Watkins (Tommy) of Sterrett, Ala.; son, Jonathan Taylor (Malinda) of Birmingham, Ala.; granddaughter, Emma Watkins of Sterrett, Ala.; sisters, Margaret Milam (Glenn) of Pell City, Ala. and Sybil Barber (Rick) of Trussville, Ala.; aunt, Lola Venable of
Pinson, Ala.; and several cousins.

Friends may call on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, 745 NE 6th Avenue (N. Fed Hwy), Delray Beach, Fla.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church (Historical Chapel), 400 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the or to a local animal shelter or rescue group in Bill's honor.

Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 16, 2013